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Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Undergraduate Programs

Special Education

Check the 4-year recommended plan of study under Special Education program:

Kinds of Courses You Will Take
University of Central Missouri Special Education Programs are concentrated around the Professional Standards and Competencies established by the Council for Exceptional Children, the largest professional organization for special educators in the world. Typical courses include:

Admission Requirements for Special Education Program
All students are assigned a faculty member in the Special Education Program as their mentor. The faculty mentor works closely with each student to ensure that courses are taken in proper sequence and that admission to the program and student teaching occur in a timely fashion. Admission to the Special Education program entails the following:

Completion of a number of “core” foundation courses with at least a “C” or higher.

Completion of a minimum of 48 semester hours with at least 6 hours taken at UCM. An overall GPA of 2.75 is required.

Special Education Program Course Requirements
Students who are planning a career in Special Education have a number of specialization options at University of Central Missouri. These include Early Childhood Special Education, Severe Developmental Disabilities, and Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities. Although each area of specialization contains course work that is designed to enhance the professional’s ability to work with children in each of these “categorical” areas, a number of courses are fundamental and are required of all special education majors as state certification requirements.

Professional Education Requirements-All SpEd Majors For specific Special Education Certification areas see Current Undergraduate Catalog
EdFl 2100 Intro to Tch. Profession EdSp 2100 Education of the Excep Child  
 EdFl 2240 Educational Psychology

FLDX 2150 Intro Field Experience

Student Teaching Semester For specific Special Education Certification areas see Current Undergraduate Catalog
Core Requirements All Certification Areas
EdSp 4140 Collab w/Families of Exc Child EdFL 3210 Meth of Rdg Instruction
EdSp 4360 Behavior Manage Techniques ECEL 2610 Life & Earth Science for Teachers, 3 OR
EdSp 4361 Prac. in Behav Management 

ECEL 2620 Physical Science & Engineering

Design for Teachers, 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

EdSp 4620 Eval of Abilities & Achieve EDSP 4210 Tch. Emerg.& At Risk Rdrs.
EdSp 4700 IEP & the Law Math 3890 Conc & Meth of Tchg for SpEd

Student Organizations
UCM students have the option to join several student organizations that will provide opportunities for leadership development and involvement with faculty sponsors and service to the community and the special education profession. The UCM chapter of Student Council for Exceptional Children is one of the largest chapters of that organization in the state of Missouri. Other professional organizations such as the Student Missouri State Teachers Association and the International Reading Association are also available. Additionally, an abundance of social fraternities and sororities are on campus if you choose to belong to one of those groups.

The UCM Special Education faculty consists of 4 full-time professionals who are all highly-respected members in their fields of study. All faculty have years of professional experience and are writers and researchers who bridge the gap between what is in textbooks and what actually happens in today’s classrooms. Because UCM has an “open door” policy, faculty members are available to you whenever you need advice, information or just need to talk to someone. At UCM, students ARE the reason we exist.

The Special Education Programs at Central are fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Higher Learning Commission, and are Nationally Recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. Central Missouri has the only accredited degree program in Missouri for the preparation of teachers of students with Autism and Severe Developmental Disabilities.


The Special Education programs and the College of Education at UCM offer several student scholarships that will help defray the financial costs of you education. Additionally, if you choose to go into the special education field, there are federal financial aid packages that will enable you to get your entire education paid at NO cost to you. Consult a faculty advisor for additional information.

See MoCENTS at the UCM Foundations for information about applying for scholarships. Below is a list of UCM scholarships many of our students are eligible for. Create an account, complete the application, and apply for as many scholarships as fit your application. A selection of available scholarships is listed below:

Edward J. and Frances Allen Cleary Scholarship in Special Education
Coonley-Guth Scholarship
Donald L. Osborn Special Education Scholarship
Dr. Don M. Rice Scholarship in Special Education


Contact Us
For additional information about the Special Education programs at Central Missouri, contact Dr. Lisa Robbins, Program Coordinator
Lovinger 4138, UCM
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8756

For information about admissions to the University of Central Missouri, please contact

Office of Admissions
1401 Ward Edwards
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 1-877-SAY-UCMO (1-877-729-8266).